ABC and Boxrec named in antitrust lawsuit | Special Episode Part 2
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To their credit, since their formation, as background, in fairness the lawsuit states “the ABC has been a positive force in boxing and has been responsible for removing a lot of the shenanigans in the sport, removing boxer fraud, standardizing rules, and implementing practical solutions based on the Professional Boxing Safety Act and the Muhammad Ali Act.”
The lawsuit continues: “Thanks to Senator John McCain, the Professional Boxing Safety Act was passed in 1996. Pursuant to the Professional Boxing Safety Act, the ABC was tasked with the maintenance of professional boxing records and the creation or selection of a boxing register to that end, and eventually selected BoxRec in 2016, on belief and information to act as official boxing register, taxed with maintaining the ABC’s boxing database as well as all recordkeeping mandated under the Boxing Acts.”
According to Paragraph162, “For people in the boxing business such as Plaintiffs (promoters, managers, matchmakers, athletic commissions, and sanctioning bodies all around the world), BoxRec is an essential tool that is used to find opponents, to track medical suspensions, and to record fight card results once the last bell has rung.” Continuing in the next paragraph 163: “Matchmakers also use BoxRec ratings and records to handicap fighters and otherwise determine which matches to make fights.”
There have been issues with the database over the years and these have been brought to the attention of leaders in the sport and legislators, including “a 2017 complaint to the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which had jurisdiction over enforcing the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act.” As stated in other episodes in August 2016, shortly after the appointment of BoxRec as the official registry, then ABC President Michael Mazzulli was presented with the allegations of BoxRec’s failings.
In the lawsuit, with respect to antitrust and other alleged issues arising from the monopoly, “by the ABC’s own admission, it has given BoxRec free reign to function as it pleases with absolutely no oversight or accountability.”
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Hello boxing fans around the world thanks for joining me once again on this special episode, part two uh of this lawsuit that has been brought forward against box rec, abc and mtk global, among many others involved in the sport of boxing specifically related to an event that Started off this back in dubai in april 10th of 2021, it is called the event.
According to paragraph 192, the april 10th.
2021 dubai event is the genesis of this litigation.
It is also the beginning of box rex seeming blacklisting of promoter mendy.
He is one of the plaintiffs in this particular case prior to the event and the mechanizations of defendants, around 10 dbc mtks, siddiqui, mohan kindahan and those conspiring in concert with them plaintiff mendy has had a very cordial relationship with voxrec and its owners.
It must be stated so, let’s have a quick look at abc and where they stand with respect to this antitrust, lawsuit, very serious allegations being leveled against them and their monopoly.
Basically, given to box wreck back in the old days, there was another association that kept track of boxers records and in particular, suspensions, for example, to the credit and since their formation and that’s background.
In fairness, the lawsuit states quote, the abc has been a positive force in boxing and has been responsible for removing a lot of the shenanigans in the sport, removing boxer fraud, standardizing rules and implementing practical solutions based on the professional boxing safety act and the muhammad ali Act in fact, the lawsuit continues.
Thanks to senator john mccain, the professional boxing safety act was passed in 1996.
pursued to the professional boxing safety act.
The abc was tasked with the mate, with the maintenance of professional boxing records and the creation or selection of a boxing registered to that end, and eventually selected box record in 2016 on belief and information to act as the official boxing register taxed with maintaining the abc’s Boxing database, as well as record keeping mandated under the boxing acts according to paragraph 162 in this lawsuit for people in the boxing business, such as plaintiff’s promoters, managers, matchmakers athletic commissions and sanctioning bodies all around the world box rack is an essential tool that is used To find opponents to track medical suspensions and to record fight card results, uh want to last bell, has wrong and continues on the next paragraph number 163 matchmakers also use box box, rec ratings and records to handicap fighters and otherwise determine which matches to make fights.
You know there have been issues with the database over the years and these have been brought to the attention of leaders in the sport and legislators.
Let’S legislators, including a 2017 complaint to the united states federal trade commission, the ftc, which has jurisdiction over enforcing the home, that leaked boxing reform act and, as stated in other episodes on talk and fight in august 2016.
Shortly after the opponent appointment of box rack, as the official registry then abc, president michael mazzulli was presented with the allegations of box rex failings, to which, as i have stated, as of others have stated, he apparently ignored in the lawsuit with respect to antitrust and other Alleged issues arising from the monopoly by the abc’s own admission, it has given boxwell free box, rec free reign to function as it pleases, with absolutely no oversight or accountability, and there lies part one of the problem.
So, thank you once again for joining me on this part.
Two of these special episodes that i’m offering up with respect to the lawsuit that has been uh placed now in the courts of the united states of america and we’ll talk to you very shortly with part.
Three, thank you.